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Product: ASHBrd PubDate: 10-22-2011 Zone: ACT Edition: 1 Page: FeaCov User: ekalkowski Time: 10-21-2011 21:39 Color: K Y M C HOME&GARDEN D SATURDAY October 22, 2011 ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES • SPECIAL NEIGHBORHOOD SECTION Cera McGinn serves coconut soup at the Well-Bred Bakery & Cafe in downtown Weaverville. The shop has become "kind of the heart of the town," according to bakery owner Judy Glicken. JOHN FLETCHER/JFLETCHER@CITIZEN-TIMES.COM Weaverville has gracious charm TEXT BY BARBARA BLAKE ♦ BBLAKE@CITIZEN-TIMES.COM PHOTOS BY JOHN FLETCHER ♦ JFLETCHER@CITIZEN-TIMES.COM I f it’s possible for a downtown to wrap its arms around you and give you a big hug, that’s what it feels like in Weaverville. It begins with a friendly parking lot behind the town clock on Main Street, beautifully landscaped, dotted with benches and sun-dappled green space, a curious cat frolicking on the limbs of a dogwood whose leaves are just beginning to turn. There are no parking meters demanding nickels, dimes or quarters. No ticket-taker in a kiosk asking for cash in exchange for your car’s release. Just shaded parking spaces that seem to say, “Welcome, we’re glad you’re here.” Steps away both north and south on Main Street is a charming mix of shops, eateries, bedand-breakfasts and service providers that would seem to meet most every human need, from eyeglasses to furniture, from pumpkin cheesecake to prime real estate, from a bouquet of I’m-sorry roses to an ice cold beer. In between, there are churches, the public library, Town Hall, insurance agencies, law firms and medical practices ARTIST SHOWCASE SEE CHARM, Page D7 A clock in downtown Weaverville tells the time — and tells visitors they're in a town that appreciates old-time small-town values. JOHN FLETCHER/JFLETCHER@CITIZEN-TIMES.COM BUSINESS DIRECTORY Decorative pottery maker Stephen Forbes is among the Weaverville-area artists featured in the upcoming Art Safari. Page D6 Find a list of many of Weaverville’s locally owned businesses, including the Mangum Potter Studio and Gallery, on Page D7 HOME OF THE WEEK An Asianinspired home off Reems Creek Road, built in part by its owners, incorporates sustainability features. Page D9

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